The Mets just completed a four-game split with the San Diego Padres this weekend. So what better time to look back at notable Mets-Padres moments through the years. (Full disclosure we recorded on Saturday, which happened to be the anniversary of the Mets drafting The Captain, David Wright. With Jacob deGrom pitching later in the night, we had to find a way to stay up!).
Notable players from our childhood such as Dave Winfield, Benito Santiago and of course, Tony Gwynn are discussed. And then we look at notable games and no-so memorable games.
Mets-Padres on Opening Day
When we think about Mets Opening Day, we don’t always think about the Padres being our opponents. Three that come to mind for us are:
- The ’97 opener, which was Bobby V’s first as a Mets manager. Unfortunately, an 11-run 6th inning spoiled the start of the season. During the podcast, Ray shares a story about LHP Yorkis Perez, who was one of several relievers with poor Mets debuts on this day.
- The first-ever Mets game at CitiField was against the Padres. We totally blanked on-air, but on the fly run through David Wright’s blast and former Met Heath Bell shutting the door. During the episode, we discuss where we were for this game.
- And then, Opening Day 2013, when JonnyIce joined Ray’s dad and sister in the 7 Line. The photo in this post is from that day.
Mets visit Mexico
In this episode, we also discuss the first-ever MLB series in Monterrey, Mexico, featuring the Mets and Padres. What’s astonishing is the starting pitcher for the Padres was Fernando Valenzuela. We also were in awe at some of the names from both rosters on that night. Seriously, how many teams has Rickey Henderson been on?!
Additional Mets-Padres highlights
- The Mike Cameron-Carlos Beltran collision
- Mike Piazza’s walk-off homerun vs. Trevor Hoffman
- David Wright’s barehanded catch
Mets San Diego Trivia
Who was the lone Mets rep in the 1992 All Star Game when it was played in San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium?